I did not mean to be dismissive! But I am not a native speaker of English, and through my ears, it sounds excessive force-ey. I cannot help picturing big guys with truncheons snarling “don’t use that tone with me!”.
And that is exactly part of the problem: Who sets the standard for “this is allowed”, how do we ensure that miscommunications or different cultural backgrounds, different framings, and so on don’t harm anyone.
Also: Are victims of systemic oppression (yes, this is an overly formal phrasing, but please bear with me) really expected to walk on eggshells around everyone on the off chance that the one who is using language their oppressors use is actually not one of them - most internet forums don’t really come with a background check included?
(I’m not a native english speaker myself, and hoo boy make I odd gaffes at times. Also, racism in Germany has slightly different markers and power dynamics than for example in the US. And a lot of the dynamics there don’t really make sense to me at first glance.)
I’m not saying that we should all self-police our speech all the time, and I don’t think that Edgeryders particularly needs extensive policies, this is a fine and polite community, but if one is in charge of keeping a large-scale platform safe for everyone, these are things one should keep in mind.
When the mass shootings in the US happened this weekend, my thought immediately: 8chan. And I think the platform will be an interesting case-study for our call. This piece on NYT nails it in my opinion:
I will be hosting this conversation and I very much look forward to it. We’re going to be talking about moderation, community standards and what that even means in a global setting, hate speech, when “tone policing” veers into censorship, the influence of the ad based business model, and how much control a user or individual can and should have over their own online environment. Along with whatever else comes up in the conversation of course. See you there!.